Scope and arrangement
The Hallie Flanagan papers span the years 1923 -1963 and reflect many aspects of her career: teaching and directing, writing and speech-giving, and her leadership of the Federal Theatre Project. Correspondence makes up a large part of the collection. It has been arranged in three series, general, Federal Theatre Project, and Vassar/Smith. There is some overlap, however, and correspondence may be found in other parts of the collection as well. For example, the closing of the Federal Theatre Project and Theatre Research Project files are almost entirely made up of correspondence. The strength of the collection lies in two areas: the Federal Theatre Project and college theater.
The Federal Theatre materials touch on almost every aspect of the project from beginning to end through memos, reports, production files, correspondence, speeches, articles, scripts, and scrapbooks. [The personal papers series contains a folder of excerpts from letters written by Flanagan to her husband Philip Davis while she headed the project.] The Vassar and Smith materials consist of notes used for her classes, articles and speeches, production files of photographs and clippings, and, of course, correspondence.
The Hallie Flanagan papers are arranged in six series:
- 5 boxes 2 linear feet
- 9 boxes 5 linear feet
- 6 boxes 2.3 linear feet
- 6 boxes 2.1 linear feet
- 19 boxes 4.7 linear feet
- 1 box 2.3 linear feet
This series consists of a range of scripts including marionette and puppet theater.